A Star-Studded Salute to Center Theatre Group’s 50 Years of Excellence
May22

A Star-Studded Salute to Center Theatre Group’s 50 Years of Excellence

by Michael Menachem Top acting veterans of the stage and screen gathered Saturday night, May 20 for the Center Theatre Group‘s 50th anniversary celebration at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles for a special performance and festive soiree at nearby Grand Park. Jennifer Hudson, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Sir Matthew Bourne, Tyne Daly, Alfred Molina, Edward James Olmos, Phylicia Rashad were among those who took...

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Comedy and Comebacks as Networks Woo Advertisers with New TV Shows
May22

Comedy and Comebacks as Networks Woo Advertisers with New TV Shows

Despite the intense focus on new ways of doing business in the digital era, the broadcast networks clearly have a case of Everything Old Is New Again.   From reboots of “Roseanne” to “Dynasty,” “Will & Grace” to “S.W.A.T.,” and of course, “American Idol,” that was the key takeaway from the week of television upfronts held at venues across New York City.   Historically, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Univision and the CW showcase...

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Netflix Goes All Out for Emmy Campaigning For Top Shows in Month-Long Event Series
May11

Netflix Goes All Out for Emmy Campaigning For Top Shows in Month-Long Event Series

  And now for the latest in innovative Primetime Emmy Award campaigning, from the folks who have a $6 billion warchest for original programming. The streamer has taken over 24,000 square feet of office space across from the Motion Picture Academy in Beverly Hills for a month-long series of events it is calling FYSee, a play on FYC– For Your (Emmy)  Consideration. The confab kicked off May 8 with a screening of the first...

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NatGeo’s ‘Genius’ Brings Albert Einstein’s Story to Life in 10-Part Series
Apr25

NatGeo’s ‘Genius’ Brings Albert Einstein’s Story to Life in 10-Part Series

NatGeo Channel makes history Tuesday, April 25 with its first scripted series, Genius, starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, the most brilliant scientist of the 20th century.   The ten-part series, from Fox 21 Television Studios and Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Television, chronicles Einstein’s rise from his humble beginnings as an imaginative, rebellious thinker, through his struggles to be recognized by the...

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For Your Consideration: Amazon Studios Ups the FYC Ante
Apr24

For Your Consideration: Amazon Studios Ups the FYC Ante

‘Tis the season for Emmy FYC (For Your Consideration) events, which have blown up in the past few years. On many nights, overwhelmed Los Angeles-area Television Academy members must choose between competing events, whose main purpose is campaigning for their votes. Just a few years ago, Amazon Studios wouldn’t have been part of any awards discussion in the 213, 323 and 310 area codes. It’s only been since 2013 that the big streamer on...

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